Mudras for Mind // Body // Spirit: Ganesha Mudra

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Ganesha Mudra: Remove Obstacles

The inspiration for this mudra is from the elephant-headed Hindu deity Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. It activates the heart chakra. Use this mudra to release obstacles from a place of joy and light.


How To Do Ganesha Mudra

  1. Start with your hands in Anjali Mudra.
  2. Swivel your hands so fingertips point towards opposite elbows: your left palm in front sternum, left thumb down; your right palm facing your heart, right thumb up.
  3. Lock your fingers with your fingers wrapped around each other and your elbows pointing out towards the sides.
  4. Mudra is held in front of the heart. Give a tiny pull of elbows away from each other. Feel the muscles of your chest, upper arms and upper back engage. Crown energy lifts up.
  5. Pull away on exhale.
  6. Inhale and apply pressure.
  7. Exhale releasing.
  8. Find a rhythm of Pull and Release.
  9. Practice for 5-10 breaths, uniform in length.
  10. Rest in the mudra and repeat on each side.
  11. Variation: Bring each thumb to the opposite palm: left hand holding the right thumb and right hand holding the left thumb.
  12. Gently tug the thumbs (thumbs representing the trunk of Ganesha). 
  13. Breathe in harmony with pulling and softly releasing.
  14. Practice equally on both sides.


Special Uses Of Ganesha Mudra

  • Try this mudra when in standing poses: Warrior One, Warrior Two.
  • Ganesha symbolizes courage and releasing self-doubt or fear.
  • Deepen your meditation practice by using this mudra with Ganesha Mantra: Om gam ganapataye namaha. (Om is the sound of the universe. Gam is the bija, the seed sound that invokes Ganesha. Ganapataye is a name for Ganesha. Namaha means name.) 


Awareness During Ganesha Mudra

  • Let there be a lightness of the mind.
  • Your intention is to invite gratitude for the opportunities of learning from obstacles.
  • Lovingly focus on your breath.
  • Where is the epicenter of your breath?
  • Heart area? Upper chest?
  • Observe what it will be like when the obstacle is gone.


Benefits Of Ganesha Mudra

  • Increased energy, very uplifting.
  • Improves digestion.
  • Relieves stress and tension.
  • Stimulates the heart and upper chest.


Positive Affirmation For Ganesha Mudra

I practice today to transform the suffering in myself.

Remove any obstruction the highest inner light of love.

Breathing in

I meet life with an open heart for whatever arises.    

Breathing out

I free any regret, sorrow, anger, jealousy, fear.  Releasing with joy! 

I see my path clear, my journey moving forward with love and grace.

Precious heart, may it be beautiful for all concerned.